Telepresence robots captured the collective imagination when they burst onto the scene. The moment Sheldon of Big Bang Theory used one to escape germs and remain present seemed like a watershed moment: in a world moving toward people who could work at home and where business travel became more and more expensive, “’presence ‘bots” seemed like a workable solution to an intractable issue. These needs were also evident in the educational space. Students with chronic or acute illnesses and injuries could use these telepresence robots as a way to gain some of the advantages of being present in the educational space even as they are confined at home.
The research questions are as follows:
RQ1. How are telepresence robots currently being used in the education, K-HE?
RQ2. What are the potential benefits of implementation of telepresence robots in education, K-HE?
RQ3. What are the barriers to implementation regarding telepresence robots in education, K-HE?